“We go over safety with power tools at the beginning of each week,” said [Grace] Whitmore, “and supervisors also are present when they are being used. I love the program. It’s wonderful to see the kids start the week saying, ‘I can’t do that,’ and by the end of the week, they’re eager to use them.”
The Stockton Record published an article by Kevin Parrish about SSP’s second summer in Stockton, California.
“We are helping our community but also providing a home for youths from other communities,” says Alan Cook, Central United [Methodist Church]’s director of family ministries, “so that they can experience God in this community.”
Cook said part of the experience was having young people get to know Stockton and “see the ways our community is rising up to help other people.”
The Sacramento Press published an article by Jeffery Cassity about SSP relocating their central office to North Sacramento.
“The organization, which recently moved its headquarters from Carmichael to a storefront near Del Paso Boulevard and Arden Way in North Sacramento, works to change the lives of teenagers through selfless service to those in need.”
The Klamath Falls Herald and News published an article by Lee Beach, H&N Staff Reporter, about SSP’s youth teams working in Chiloquin, Oregon.
“The young people are incoming freshmen through seniors,” said Hana Richardson, one of seven staff members who have worked with the youth all summer. “A lot of the groups do fundraising to finance the trip, and 85 percent of our budget (for projects) comes from what the kids pay. The rest is from donors.” SSP provides all tools, materials and labor from those funds.